DCFS announces $530K in child support payments made through MoneyGram this year
Posted on 8/21/2017 10:40:00 AM.

The Department of Children and Family Services announces over half a million dollars of child support payments have been paid through MoneyGram in the first six months of the year. Child Support Enforcement Director Lydia Scales says they’ve seen an increase in participation after allowing electronic payments.
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Audit uncovers shortcomings in foster care program
Posted on 8/14/2017 12:01:00 PM.

An audit of the state’s foster care program unveiled some not-so-surprising shortcomings. Karen Leblanc with the legislative auditor’s office says they found not all foster care providers had the required criminal background checks. They either had no check, or they were not completed in a timely manner.
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First Lady Edwards launches program to support foster parents
Posted on 8/11/2017 12:06:00 PM.

Louisiana foster parents can find support thanks to a new website launched by First Lady Donna Edwards. LouisianaFosters.La.Gov connects parents with businesses, church groups and nonprofits to help meet the child’s needs. 
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DCFS launches initiative to improve foster care system
Posted on 7/22/2017 9:17:00 AM.

The Department of Children and Family Services launches a program aimed at improving the foster care system. On any given day, there are more than 4,000 Louisiana children in foster care. DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters says they want to raise expectations for foster parents and caregivers through the new Quality Parenting Initiative.
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DCFS advises parents of water safety during summer months
Posted on 7/6/2017 4:16:00 AM.

A two-year-old boy is now the fourth child to die in a rash of drownings in Tangipahoa Parish. The state Department of Children and Family Services is advising parents about water safety during the summer months. Mona Michelli with the DCFS Division of Child Welfare says this is a time to be vigilant.
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DCFS encourages residents to pre-register for disaster food stamps
Posted on 6/14/2017 3:13:00 AM.

The Department of Children and Family Services encourages Louisiana residents to pre-register for disaster food stamps in preparation for hurricane season. Kim Matherne with DCFS says pre-registering gets your information in the system and makes things move smoother following a disaster.
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25% increase in number of sex trafficking cases in Louisiana
Posted on 4/20/2017 3:51:00 AM.

Sex trafficking cases reported in Louisiana rose by 25% last year. That’s according to a report by the state Department of Children and Family Services. Child Welfare Consultant Walter Fahr says of that number 45% of those victims were juvenile.
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DCFS concerned about unprepared foster teens entering the real world
Posted on 3/22/2017 2:49:00 AM.

Children who grow out of the foster care system at age 18 are not adequately prepared to enter the real world. That’s a major concern for the Department of Children and Family Services. Manager of the foster care program Toni Buxton says these teens are faced with responsibilities like finding a job.
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Parents can now make child support payments through MoneyGram
Posted on 3/9/2017 12:25:00 PM.

Non-custodial parents in Louisiana can now make child support payments through MoneyGram at retail stores like WalMart, CVS and Albertsons. Director of Child Support Enforcement with the Department of Children and Family Services Lydia Scales says this is a more convenient way to pay rather than purchasing stamps and mailing in money.
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Edwards administration unveils spending plan for next fiscal year
Posted on 2/23/2017 10:56:00 AM.

The Edwards administration unveiled a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1, and TOPS is not fully funded under their proposal. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says it will take an additional $81 million to fully fund the scholarship program.
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